Why support mothers and newborn babies
Bringing a new baby into the world is perhaps the most amazing, happy and miraculous event in a family’s history. In our part of the world, we have access to antenatal care, help from a midwife and we can bring home a healthy baby.
In many other places in the world, families do not have the same access to hospital or health care, and every year millions of women and newborns die during childbirth and in the first critical month of life.
Since 1990 the amount of children surviving has doubled. Still, around the world, mostly in the developing countries, far too many births leads to heartbreak for families, when they loose a mother or their precious newborn baby die during the first four weeks of life. Most of these death could have been prevented by simple means.
Why does newborn health matter?
- Out of all children, Newborn babies are the most vulnerable, and they are in danger of loosing their life on the first day. Among all children, newborns have the highest risk of death
- More than 90 percent of newborn deaths happens in the third world, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- More than 7,300 stillbirths occur each day, half of which happen during labor and birth. The stillbirth rate is a sensitive indicator of quality of care in pregnancy and at birth.
- Three preventable and treatable conditions are responsible for an estimated 81 percent of newborn deaths (prematurity, complications during childbirth, and infections).
- up to 75 % of the tragic death could be prevented if the mothers and their newborn babies received simple things like a clean birth kit, help from a trained birth assistant and low-tech care.
Simple means can save newborn and their mothers
- Warmth and an clean birth environment
- Access to trained midwife
- Basic sanitation and hygiene interventions
- Vaccines and an immunisation
- Prevention of Malaria
- Care for newborns infected withHIV/AIDS
- Education of mothers.